Make no mistake about it- I seriously love puzzle games. We're talking lifelong affinity- from wooden puzzles, rubix cube and other material puzzles, to the digital realm, I've probably lived several lifetimes in puzzle games. That being said, however, this list isn't just puzzle games (although that is clearly the largest portion). But a new year brings new things, so we threw in a few other types for you as well. Enjoy!
1. Atomas (Puzzle)
Give hydrogen the Midas touch with this captivating little puzzler. Simplicity is often best when it comes to puzzle games, and Atomas works on this very simple foundation. You start with some measly hydrogen, and use plus and minus atoms to turn it into helium, then lithium and so on, until you end up with some of those good old precious metals like silver and gold.
It's easy enough to start out with, but it will soon having you Googling the periodic table in a bid to learn where best to place your atoms to trigger the most satisfying chain reactions.
2. Wire Defuser (Puzzle)
Many puzzle games on Android are of the therapeutic variety; take your time solving a puzzle while everything in game patiently waits for you. You can forget about all that in Wire Defuser, a tense, time-limited puzzle game in which you must dispose of bombs before they blow.
There are more than 80 levels in the game, and once you've conquered it you can unlock a hardcore mode. It's well presented too, with the bomb dials and knobs looking like something straight out of 80s action movies.
3. Skyward (Puzzle)It may look suspiciously similar to the wonderful Monument Valley, but give Skyward a chance (it's free, after all) and you'll see that it offers something quite different.You control a red and a blue circle, which you must rhythmically guide through Escher-like levels that are falling away behind you. If you take too long, the circles shrink to nothing. It looks fantastic, and there are no in-app purchases, so you get the full experience for free.
4. TwoDots (Puzzle)
We hope you haven't forgotten how to connect the dots since your childhood, because this game asks you to use that set of skills all over again.
TwoDots is an Android favorite (and sequel to the immensely popular Dots) in which you have to combine a certain number of colored dots in a limited number of moves in order to progress up the ladder of levels, which currently carries an absurd 510 rungs. The game design is really nice and minimalistic.
5. Boom Beach (Strategy)
From the creators of Clash of Clans comes Boom Beach. Like in Clash of Clans, you must build and defend your base while building up your forces to attack and conquer enemy territories. The battles that go down on Boom Beach are among the best you can get on Android, because the order and the type of units sent really make the difference between victory and defeat.
6. Angry Birds Go! (Racing)
Angry Birds has more or less taken over the world, taking the form of soft toys in our bedrooms, breakfast cereals, and now Mario Kart-style racing games. In Angry Birds Go! you choose from a variety of Angry Birds characters and race your way through fanciful terrains while shooting random objects at your opponents.
Just like with Mario Kart, the controls take some time to get used to at the beginning, but soon you’ll be slinging those birds down the race track with ease.
7. Hardest Game Ever 2 (Party)
Hardest Game Ever 2 is not the hardest game ever, but it is one of the most fun. It’s based around a series of frantic minigames such as Mario Party or the WarioWare titles.
It’s great in short bursts, but it’s not ideal for tablets because the resolution is quite low. Also, it’s kind of crass, and might be a bit unsavory for some people. If you can stomach it, give it a try.
8. Dumb Ways To Die 2: The Games (Party)
Dumb Ways To Die was originally created as an educational game to teach you and your kids a lesson about foolish things that people do that often lead to embarrassing deaths. The sequel doesn't have the same educational slant as the original, instead throwing the colorful characters into dangerous athletics games-style scenarios.
You must jump over electric fences, unclog doorways, and ride dolphins for as long as possible. The game gets faster and faster, then after you've lost three lives, you're dead. Simple, and hilarious.
Be sure to check out the rest of 2016 free android games list on AndroidPit.
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